Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Israel this week on a one-day visit, where he met Israeli leaders and emphasised “you can always count on us”.
The Foreign Secretary said he was in the country “as a friend… that’s a great supporter of Israel”, discussing the UK-Israel bilateral partnership and the path to peace.
As well as meeting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he also met with Israeli Foreign and Defence Ministers, Gabi Ashkenazi and Benny Gantz, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and Foreign Minister Riad Malki in Ramallah, the West Bank.
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Mr Raab and Prime Minister Boris Johnson “for the staunch, unwavering support of our right to self-defense during the recent operation. It’s much appreciated”.
Foreign Secretary Raab said: “We’re looking forward to talking about the bilateral relationship but also how we move things forward elsewhere”. He added: “The UK is committed to working with regional leaders to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and forge lasting peace”.
Following his meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi, Mr Raab emphasised that he “reiterated the UK’s commitment to a two-state solution, the importance of a stronger nuclear deal with Iran and our commitment to Israel’s security”.